State governments reign over the teaching profession

State governments are arguably the most powerful authority over the teaching profession. Since 2007, NCTQ has tracked and analyzed teacher policies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in our State Teacher Policy Yearbook. The Yearbook presents the most detailed analysis available of each state's performance against, and progress toward, a set of specific, research-based teacher policy goals aimed at helping states build a comprehensive policy framework in support of teacher effectiveness.

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook

summarizes how the states are doing in developing policies that improve the teaching profession.
The 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the teaching profession—from teacher preparation, licensing and evaluation to compensation, professional development and dismissal policy.

Use the National Findings and State Findings tabs below to view national trends and in-depth state analyses by policy area, respectively.

ESSA Educator Equity Analyses

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)'s analyses of states' plans for ensuring that low-income and minority students are not disproportionately taught by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are designed to support states in ensuring that all students have access to excellent teachers. Each state-specific analysis recognizes notable "strengths," or areas where a state's work is laudable, as well as "opportunities," or areas where improvement is necessary to meet the spirit and letter of the ESSA's educator equity requirements. 

Our ESSA Educator Equity Best Practices Guide shines a spotlight on particularly noteworthy policies in the state plans we evaluated to meet ESSA's educator equity requirements. This guide can also serve as a useful support to all states, including the 34 states that are currently developing their state plans for submission in September 2017.

Read more about our methodology below.